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Virtual tourism initiative invites visitors to explore northeastern Ontario

101 Experiences offers online workshops with local hosts
Lynn Cormier of Matachewan First Nation dispels myths and misconceptions related to Indigenous Peoples as part of the 101 Experiences collection.

A collection of tourism experiences promoting northeastern Ontario is now available online as part of the 101 Experiences initiative.

101 Experiences features authentic cultural activities led by local hosts in Kirkland Lake, Temiskaming Shores, Timmins, North Bay, Haileybury, Englehart, Black River-Matheson, Kapuskasing and Hearst.

They range in interest from traditional Indigenous teachings to a greenhouse tour to a lesson in food self-sufficiency.

Now, a few dozen of those experiences have been translated to a virtual format, so that participants can still learn about the region and enjoy its cultural offerings while complying with the provincial stay-at-home order currently in effect.

Participation in the online workshops is free of charge. Visitors can also tune in to live chats with the tour guides on the group's Facebook page.

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Spearheaded in 2019 by Haileybury entrepreneur Nicole Guertin, the 101 Experiences initiative aims to promote the region while bridging cultural gaps and creating welcoming communities.

Thirty-five experiences are currently available; 27 are in English, while eight are in French and some are offered in both languages.

In addition to boosting the area's profile and breaking down cultural barriers, the initiative provides an opportunity for residents to become microentrepreneurs.